Hayes closes out 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season with a victory

Sep 17, 2014

MILLVILLE, N.J. (Sept. 14, 2014) – The 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season enjoyed a fitting conclusion today at New Jersey Motorsports Park as Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes claimed the final checkered flag with the front wheel of his R1 lofted in the air.

 

Hayes eventually broke free following a frenetic first half to claim the seventh victory of his dominant 2014 campaign with nearly five seconds in hand.

Earlier in the race, Hayes found himself battling with Yoshimura Suzuki Factor Racing teammates Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas, along with his works Yamaha teammate, Cameron Beaubier. Meanwhile, an impressive Bernat Martinez on the Proto-Tech Spain Yamaha YZF-R1 and KTM/HMC’s Chris Fillmore watched closely in tow.

 

Saturday winner Hayden ran off track on lap 2 and immediately dropped to near the bottom of the top ten. Beaubier slipped past Cardenas into second that same lap but Hayes already had a two-and-a-half-second lead at that point.

 

However, the Mississippian’s early advantage evaporated in an instant, as he made a mistake of his own; Hayes ran off track and into the dirt in Turn 1 on lap 4 and drop to third behind the Colombian and Californian.

 

After quickly working back past Cardenas, Hayes found himself nearly two seconds behind his fleet rookie teammate and charged hard to make up the time.

 

After five laps of whittling away at the gap, Hayes dove back into the lead on lap 9 in Turn 1. A few laps later, Beaubier looked to return the favor. However, the young pilot couldn’t hold his line after storming back through into the lead and crashed out of the race.

 

At that point Hayes sailed off to claim his 48th career AMA Pro SuperBike victory. The win was Hayes’ ninth at New Jersey Motorsports Park, which doesn’t even count the two other occasions in which he took the checkered flag first but lost out in the final order due to a penalty.

 

“I was having so much fun other than that stupid off-road thing I did in Turn 1,” Hayes said. “Running down Cam was so hard but I was so enjoying myself and trying so hard. I really used up a lot of my energy trying to do that. We got up there and got to going back and forth. I was absolutely gutted to see Cam fall down. I really wanted to see a Yamaha 1-2.

 

“The race wasn’t as smooth as it looked, especially after halfway. I felt that I was a sinking ship. They were making little bits of time and there was really nothing I could do to stop taking on water. I had done a lot of damage to the rear tire, I think when I tried to catch Cameron, in the early part of the race and I was really struggling just to maintain. I was trying really hard to maintain what I was doing and I felt like I was losing ground. I don’t know if they were racing together, but finally with a couple laps to go it afforded me an extra second and I was able to relax a little bit and bring it home.”

 

Hayes reflected on the last six seasons in which he went from SuperBike dark horse to four-time champion.

 

“It’s pretty amazing,” he said. “I still try to take it in. I went from to underdog to overdog it seems like overnight. I’m so lucky to have found not just a team but a family. They take care of me and I try to take care of them. The motivation for things like yesterday and today are how hard they work and wanting to do my part. Leadership starts from the top down. I want them to know that every time I get on the motorcycle I’m going to give it everything I have and I feel it ensures they’ll do the same for me. It helps us lift each other when we’re both struggling at different times. In five years you can believe there’s ups and downs and hard times and good times. I think it helps us do all those things. I’ve been lucky to work with a team so long and have so much success.”

 

Hayden, who came into the weekend with a separated shoulder, clawed his way back up through the field to close in on Cardenas. The two went back-and-forth on the race’s final laps with Hayden ultimately getting the better of the melee to claim second. The result, combined with Beaubier’s misfortunate, allowed the Suzuki rider to steal the runner-up spot in the championship as well.

 

“The race started off pretty well but I made a little mistake,” Hayden explained. “Josh is really good at getting away in the beginning. I tried to hang with him in the first couple laps and made a mistake and just ran off the track. But I fought all the way back up to second. I’ve got to thank all my guys for all they’ve done for me all year. We finished the year strong, which is exactly what we wanted to do, so this is for them.”

 

Cardenas claimed his fourth podium result of the season with his Sunday third.

 

“It was a difficult race because this track is very physical,” Cardenas said. “I wanted to finish a little bit higher on the podium but today this was the maximum I could get. I’m happy for the team to finish on the box, which is always good for me and for the team.”

 

Fillmore suffered another DNF while Martinez held off ADR Motorsports, Sic, Motul Fly’s David Anthony for fourth by a scant 0.019 seconds at the flag. That impossibly small distance was also the difference between fourth and fifth in the 2014 championship for Anthony as he lost out to today’s seventh-place finisher, Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Chris Clark by a single point in the final tally.

 

A five-rider pack grouped up mid-distance in the race for sixth through 10th. Sixth ultimately went to the 2014 Canadian Superbike champ, 22-year-old Jodie Christie on the Honda Canada/Accelerated Technologies CBR1000RR.

 

He was followed by Clark, Sunday podium man Larry Pegram on the Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing EBR 1190RS, GEICO Motorcycle Racing Honda’s Chris Ulrich, and TOBC Racing II’s Taylor Knapp.

 

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

 

2014 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike champion Jake Gagne closed it out in style on Sunday, running away with the season finale. Gagne won his third contest of the year, topping Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff and yesterday’s winner, Dane Westby of Yamalube/Westby Racing.

 

Jake Lewis (Meen Motorsports) earned fourth and was a factor in the battle for second much of the race.

 

Gagne got a clean start and led the whole way. He managed his gap well, dropping into the mid-1:23 second range when the pack threatened to make inroads on his lead.  After clinching the title on Saturday, Gagne was clearly on a mission to win the finale.

 

“A few laps in, I saw they were coming from my pit board,” said Gagne. “I was either going to crash out or win it. I wanted to go for it. I started inching away from there.”

 

At the flag, Gagne lead by 2.562 seconds.

 

Lewis and Westby looked poised to fight for second to the flag, but Gerloff snuck through and held the spot during the final two laps. The Yamaha factory pilot eased a slight gap and Westby and Lewis battled for the final spot on the box.

 

Westby set the quick lap of the race after starting poorly from pole.

 

JD Beach (Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha) earned another top five to close out the season.

 

AMA Pro SuperSport

 

Houston Superbikes’ Dustin Dominguez won a tight 16-lap race in AMA Pro SuperSport over TOBC Racing’s Hayden Gillim, but Gillim won the championship by two points anyway after winning on Saturday.

 

Wyatt Farris of Celtic Racing/HVMC earned third to end his year with a podium result.

 

Dominguez shadowed Gillim in the early going, then took control at the midpoint as the duo hit traffic. Unfortunately for the Dominguez, winning was not enough. He needed other riders to join the battle for the lead and relegate Gillim to at least third in the race standings. That never happened as Dominguez and Gillim finished ten seconds in front of the pack led by Farris.

 

“This is probably the most depressing win I’ve ever had but it’s a win and that’s good,” said Dominguez. “Hayden got a good start and I chased him down and tried to pressure him. I thought if we went at it, someone might catch up.”

Gillim made a late run and nearly won the race, finishing just 0.041 seconds back. After finishing second in his championship four straight years, Gillim finally took the No. 1 plate.

 

“I’d rather fight my hardest and crash away the championship than give away a race. That’s how I’d rather have it. The strategy was to win. It always is,” said Gillim. “The first few laps, I was pushing as hard as I could. We were having a really good battle. It’s insane the support I have gotten and I can’t thank everyone enough.”

 

Farris topped Kaleb De Keyrel (De Keyrel Racing) for third as well as fast local rider Mark Miller Jr., of Mar Del Racing. Miller was a little more than 1.5 seconds from repeating his Saturday podium result.

 

AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series

 

It didn’t come without a fair amount of drama and grit, but Ruthless Racing/Trev Deeley Motorcycles’ Danny Eslick ultimately came through to win the 2014 AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series title.

 

Eslick came into the weekend needing just a seventh place or better to assure himself the crown, but a major crash in this morning’s qualifying session put his participation in doubt.

 

His team rebuilt the motorcycle in time for Eslick to hurriedly take the grid from the back row, from where the beaten and bruised Oklahoman battled his way forward.

 

He crossed the line in sixth at the checkered flag to become the Series’ first two-time champion.

“I ran off the track and wadded it up in the wet grass this morning and pretty much destroyed that motorcycle,” Eslick said. “The Trev Deeley/Ruthless Racing team busted their butts from the time I crashed the motorcycle until the moments before the race. We were pretty close to not making it.

 

“I’ve ridden it three seasons now and that’s the first time I’ve crashed it. It’s bound to happen and the way these guys are riding – they’re riding incredibly. The level that this Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series has risen to is unbelievable. I used to be able to play around and sandbag a little bit and still have a shot at it, but now you really have to be on your game and work on your set up. Hats off to everybody out there.”

Eslick’s run was far from the only entertainment the day’s contest provided. Up front, a five-rider dice took shape for the win. However, title hopeful Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson’s Ben Carlson was effectively dropped from contention for the win when he was assessed a penalty for anticipating the start. Likewise, NJMP master Shane Narbonne of the Six-Four Motors squad ran off track, costing him precious time and a place in the lead pack.

And Josh Chisum Racing/Bartel’s Harley-Davidson’s Tyler O’Hara just lost touch, leaving Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson’s Steve Rapp and KWR/Millennium Technologies’ Kyle Wyman to decide the race.

Wyman slashed into the lead as the two hit slower riders and made the most of the opportunity to drop Rapp and close out the year with a win. Rapp took second, followed by O’Hara, Narbonne, Carlson and Eslick.

 

“I tried to put my head down from the beginning,” Wyman said. “I got the holeshot from the second row and did my best to push as hard as I could for a whole lap. But Steve came flying by on the front straightaway, and from that point I knew the race was going to be a little different than I wanted it to be. It turned into a pack and I sat there through the middle part of the race. It was getting crazy up front and I just wanted to make sure I didn’t get caught up in any of that.

 

“I basically put myself in the right place at the right time at the end. I made a push to the front and I got the lead just as we hit the lappers. The lappers are going to be either way – they’re going to hold you up or give you a big gap. They gave me a gap and I put my head down the last two laps and it worked out great. I’m so happy to get another win this year.”

 

Source and Photo: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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Four for Four: Josh Hayes claims another AMA Pro SuperBike title at New Jersey as Roger Hayden wins the race

Sep 14, 2014

MILLVILLE, N.J. (Sept. 13, 2014) – Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes added to his legend today at the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown, securing his fourth AMA Pro SuperBike Championship in five seasons at New Jersey Motorsports Park while Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Roger Hayden was awarded his first win of the season.

Faced with treacherous wet conditions, what seemed like a relatively simple task for a rider of Hayes’ caliber – third or better to clinch the crown – became significantly more complicated.

 

However, rather than go the conservative route, Hayes waged an intense duel for victory with Hayden.

 

The slick conditions caught several riders out. Hayden’s teammate, Martin Cardenas, crashed from the lead on lap 7 of 23. Proto-Tech Spain’s Bernat Martinez challenged for first himself before the Spaniard crashed out of contention as well on lap 10. Newly-crowned Canadian Superbike champion Jodie Christie crashed out of third on his Honda Canada/Accelerated Technologies CBR1000RR on the race’s second lap. And Hayes’ teammate and title rival, Cameron Beaubier, fell in the opening laps while running in the top five, leaving just Hayes and Hayden to decide the victor.

 

The two lapped their way through the field, ultimately putting every rider not on the podium a lap down as they challenged each other’s skill and bravery.

 

The two traded the top spot multiple times on the final laps. Hayden, who came into the race dinged up after injuring his shoulder in a testing crash, looked to hold the advantage with just a single corner to go. However, a single mistake was all Hayes needed and the Mississippian pounced. Hayes blasted past Hayden, who spun up the rear while trying to get on the power, just feet ahead of the checkered flag.

 

However, Hayes was later hit with a penalty for passing under yellow during their shootout, dropping him to second in the final results and elevating Hayden to first.

 

Hayes is just the second rider in AMA Pro SuperBike history to earn four titles, joining seven-time champ Mat Mladin in that accomplishment. Throughout the season Hayes demonstrated his superiority in multiple conditions and will be reunited with the No. 1 plate.

 

“I had so much fun riding today,” the champ said. “We don’t get to go splish-splashing that often. Roger was riding so good, I was throwing everything I had at him. Unfortunately he spun up on the front straight away. I was able to get the R1 hooked up and across the line. I’m really proud of my team. Four championships in six years ain’t so bad.

 

“I feel so lucky that I’m 39 years old and have a place that I call home. These guys are so good to me. If I’m riding motorcycles and winning races I’m a pretty happy guy. All the other things that come along with that are bonuses. I’m excited that I can be a four-time AMA SuperBike Champion and I will do everything in my power to continue that.”

 

Race winner Hayden said,

Hayden was happy with the race and the show he and Hayes put on.

 

“It’s not really the way I’d like to win them but I do remember at that point in the race the waving yellow when he came by me in Turn 1,” Hayden said. “I rode hard enough and good enough to win so I feel good for me and team. We didn’t want to let Yamaha sweep the whole series this year so we’re excited about that. Hopefully we’ll get one without any controversy tomorrow.”

 

Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram was the last rider on the lead lap and that was good enough to earn him third on the day.

 

“I don’t think I’ve ever went that slow and got third in my life,” Pegram joked. “Once I got up to third and I was running a fairly good pace, they showed me plus-20 and my guys were telling me to slow down, but I couldn’t go any slower! That was one of the most treacherous rain races I’ve ever ridden. There just wasn’t any grip. It was a good day for us. When the rain came, I knew we could be competitive.”

 

Vicious Cycle Racing’s Sean Dwyer came home in fourth while Beaubier remounted and worked his way back up to fifth.

 

Mobibuff/Irnie Racing’s Macel Irnie finished sixth on his BMW S1000RR, followed by Yoshimura Suzuki’s Chris Clark, Team AMSOIL Hero EBR’s Cory West and GEICO Motorcycle Racing Honda’s Chris Ulrich.

 

TOBC Racing II’s Taylor Knapp rounded out the top ten.

 

With the championship in the books, Hayes will be free to let it rip on Sunday in the 2014 season finale.

 

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

 

Dane Westby won his third AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race of the year on Saturday. The Yamalube/Westby Racing pilot outlasted his rivals and the weather to take the victory after he’d earned his first career pole earlier in the day. Jake Gagne finished second and clinched the championship for the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull team, taking the checkers in front of Jake Zemke.

 

Westby zipped to the lead in the restarted race and motored away, even as the rain increased during the 16 laps.

 

“I am ecstatic … over the moon,” said Westby after his third win of the year. “I knew that Jake was going to be big competition. It was pretty hairy. The rear end came around on me two corners from the end of the race. It was extremely treacherous. Someone was saying I have won more races in Daytona SportBike than anyone else in the class this year, so that was interesting. I am really looking forward to getting one more chance at things tomorrow.”

 

Westby’s third win of the year is more than any other rider in the class.

 

Gagne earned the title when he finished second and rival Jake Lewis retired from the race with electrical problems. Gagne charged up through the field and held second after passing Zemke.

 

“It’s incredible and the last thing I thought was to have this thing wrapped up today. I saw (Lewis) wasn’t on the grid. The race was tough,” said Gagne, “and the year was great. It was my third year on the team and they are the hardest working group of guys I have seen. I don’t really know what to say … I am ready to get on with it and race again tomorrow.”

 

Zemke, on the GEICO Motorcycle Racing entry, earned his first podium of the year.

 

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff and Danny Eslick of Riders Discount Racing Triumph earned top fives in some of the most challenging race conditions in recent memory.

 

Only nine riders finished the event as heavy attrition made the 16 laps seem longer – at least for Westby and Gagne.

 

AMA Pro SuperSport

 

TOBC Racing’s Hayden Gillim won Saturday’s shortened AMA Pro SuperSport race and increased his points lead to seven with one race to go. Gillim took a bold approach to the difficult conditions at the beginning of the race, taking the holeshot over fast local ace Mar Del Racing’s Mark Miller, Jr. and the polesitter, HSBK’s Dustin Dominguez.

 

Gillim did relent the first position for a time, but the points leader rallied to take back the lead before the rain increased and the race was stopped after a crash.

 

“I wasn’t worried about the weather too much. I was worried about the gap back to Dustin,” said Gillim. “The red flag was out and it must have been pretty bad. I know tomorrow is going to be hard because Dustin is so quick and this being a wet race, it didn’t help our dry setup t all. We’re going to be fighting as hard as we can for these precious points.”

 

Dominguez took second place on the day, having run down Miller before the stoppage as he continued to build his pace after what the Oklahoman described as a too-cautious start.

 

Gillim and Dominguez will settle their championship battle with tomorrow’s finale.

 

Wyatt Farris was classified fourth even though he had fallen on his Celtic Racing/HVMC-backed Suzuki as did several members of the group fighting for those positions. Justin Jones (Showtime Inc.) and Richie Escalante (Escalante Racing) also fought for the position.

 

AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series

 

With no rain expected tomorrow, only three riders chose to take part in Saturday’s provisional qualifying session. Jupiter Cycle Racing’s Jon Foy earned provisional pole, followed by the Chili Pepper Racing duo of Hayden Schultz and Shelina Moreda.

 

 

AMA Pro SuperBike Race 1: Top 5 Finishers

1.       Roger Hayden (Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing/Suzuki)

2.       Josh Hayes (Monster Energy Graves Yamaha/ Yamaha)

3.       Larry Pegram (Foremost Insurance/ Pegram Racing/ EBR)

4.       Sean Dwyer (Vicious Cycle Racing/ Suzuki)

5.       Cameron Beaubier (Monster Energy Graves Yamaha/ Yamaha)

 

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1: Top 5 Finishers

1.       Dane Westby (Yamalube Westby Racing/ Yamaha)

2.       Jake Gagne (RoadRace Factory/Red Bull/ Yamaha)

3.       Jake Zemke (GEICO Motorcycle Racing/ Honda)

4.       Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy Graves/ Yamaha)

5.       Danny Eslick (Riders Discount Triumph/ Triumph Daytona)

 

AMA Pro SuperSport Race 1: Top 5 Finishers

1.       Hayden Gillim (TOBC Racing/ Suzuki)

2.       Dustin Dominguez (Houston Superbikes/ Yamaha)

3.       Mark Miller Jr. (Mar Del Auto Wholesalers/ Yamaha)

4.       Wyatt Farris (Celtic/HVMC Racing/ Suzuki)

5.       Justin Jones (Showtime Inc./ Suzuki)

 

 

Source and Photo: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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Loris Baz se impone en la décima Tissot–Superpole del año

Sep 7, 2014

Jerez de la Frontera, sábado 6 de septiembre de 2014 – Los pilotos del Campeonato del Mundo eni FIM Superbike 2014 han disputado esta tarde en el circuito de Jerez la décima Tissot-Superpole de la temporada, siendo Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) el piloto que partirá primero en parrilla en las carreras del domingo. Junto al piloto francés estarán en primera línea Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) y el campeón en título de World Superbike, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team).

Los tres pilotos recibían los trofeos de la Tissot-Superpole de manos del Campeón de World Superbike en 2011, el piloto español Carlos Checa. 


La Superpole 1 comenzaba con Leon Haslam (PATA Honda World Superbike Team) y David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) como los principales favoritos para disputar la Superpole 2. Finalmente serían el británico y Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike), aunque en orden inverso, quienes pasarían a la sesión clasificatoria definitiva. 


Baz actionDurante los primeros minutos de la Superpole 2 Loris Baz se situaba en cabeza de la clasificación, aunque sería desbancado por Haslam en los segundos siguientes. En los últimos compases de la tanda Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) tomaba la iniciativa y se hacía con la primera plaza, al tiempo que se producía la caída de Sylvain Barrier. Lejos de quedarse satisfecho, Baz volvía a la carga con el mejor tiempo a menos de un minuto del final de la sesión, y por tanto le acompañarán en primera línea de parrilla Giugliano y Sykes.


La segunda línea de parrilla estará compuesta por Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team), Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) y Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), seguidos en la tercera por Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team), Leon Haslam y Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki). Desde la cuarta línea de parrilla partirán Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike), Toni Elías (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) y Sylvain Barrier.


En la categoría EVO la primera posición era para el francés de BMW, seguido por el español David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team), décimo tercero, y Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing).

La primera carrera de WSBK el domingo está programada a las 10:30, dándose la salida de la segunda a las 13:10.


Tiempos:
 1. Baz (Kawasaki) 1’40.298 media 158.755 km/h; 2. Giugliano (Ducati) 1’40.533; 3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’40.561; 4. Melandri (Aprilia) 1’40.822; 5. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1’40.877; 6. Laverty (Suzuki) 1’41.092; 7. Davies (Ducati) 1’41.199; 8. Haslam (Honda) 1’41.338; 9. Lowes (Suzuki) 1’41.421; 10. Rea (Honda) 1’41.447; 11. Elías (Aprilia) 1’41.882; 12. Barrier (BMW) 1’42.928; 13. Salom (Kawasaki); 14. Canepa (Ducati); 15. Andreozzi (Kawasaki); 16. Morais (Kawasaki); 17. Guarnoni (Kawasaki); 18. Staring (Kawasaki); 19. Corti (MV Agusta); 20. Toth (BMW).

Fuente y foto: www.worldsbk.com

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WSBK vuelve a la acción con su décima cita del año en Jerez

Sep 2, 2014

Barcelona, lunes 1 de septiembre de 2014 – El Campeonato del Mundo eni FIM Superbike retorna al circuito de Jerez de la Frontera para su décima prueba de la temporada 2014. Este es el segundo año consecutivo de la competición en el circuito andaluz, el tercero en total sumando la edición celebrada en 1990.


El trazado de Jerez consiste en una mezcla de virajes de baja, media y alta velocidad combinados con rectas relativamente cortas, lo que impide a los pilotos relajarse y asegura un gran espectáculo en la pista.

A pesar de no tratarse de la última prueba del calendario como el pasado año, el circuito español jugará un importante papel en la lucha por el título mundial.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) llega a la segunda cita española de la temporada al máximo nivel y con la memoria llena de buenos recuerdos de la pasada temporada, ya que fue en este mismo escenario donde logró un primer trofeo de Campeón del Mundo de Superbike que culminaba una temporada estelar.


Ahora, el británico de 29 años lidera de nuevo la clasificación provisional con una significativa ventaja de 44 puntos sobre Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team). El piloto francés necesita recuperar terreno si quiere mantener vivas sus posibilidades de luchar por el título. Tanto Sykes como Guintoli buscarán su primera victoria en Jerez, ya que Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) venció por partida doble el pasado año en Jerez en las que serían sus últimas salidas como piloto oficial de Aprilia. 


Laverty y su actual compañero de equipo Alex Lowes mostraron un gran ritmo en Jerez durante el test de tres días celebrado durante el mes de abril. También es el caso de Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) que, a pesar de estar 64 puntos por detrás del líder provisional, todavía conserva posibilidades matemáticas de luchar por el título y está bien situado para optar al subcampeonato.


En la misma situación se encuentra Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team), a sólo ocho puntos de Rea y a 28 de la segunda plaza provisional. El joven piloto galo todavía busca su primera victoria del año después de finalizar en el podio en ocho ocasiones (siete de ellas en segunda posición).


Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) espera que el paréntesis del verano no haya afectado al impulso que demostró con la victoria en la primera carrera de Laguna Seca, aunque en la segunda quedaría fuera por caída mientras marchaba de nuevo en primera posición.


El ex campeón del mundo de 250cc experimentó algunas dificultades la última vez que rodó en Jerez debido a una lesión de tobillo que arrastraba tras un accidente doméstico. Melandri estuvo a punto de ganar el pasado año en el circuito andaluz hasta que Laverty le hizo un espectacular exterior en la última curva y le arrebató la victoria. El entonces piloto de BMW optó en ese momento por conformarse con la segunda posición, ya que además sufría fuertes dolores debidos a su lesión.


Los pilotos del equipo Ducati Superbike, Davide Giugliano y Chaz Davies, llegan con buenas expectativas a un circuito que debería adaptarse sin dificultades a la Ducati Panigale 1199 R. Ambos pilotos terminaron entre dos diez primeros el pasado año sobre máquinas distintas a las que pilotan ahora, aunque no fueron capaces de luchar por el podio.


Después de perderse la ronda en EE.UU. por las secuelas de su caída una semana antes en Portugal, Claudio Corti (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) volverá a la acción en Jerez, donde ya ha competido previamente en las categorías de MotoGP y Moto2.


Por su parte, el equipo Hero EBR y sus pilotos Geoff May y Aaron Yates se preparan para un nuevo desafío, esperando seguir avanzando en la dirección adecuada y lograr así sus primeros puntos de la temporada.


A pesar de la cirugía en la mano derecha a que fue sometido a finales del mes de julio, David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team – EVO) tomará parte en su carrera local para defender la ventaja de 37 puntos que mantiene al frente de la clasificación provisional de la categoría SBK EVO sobre Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Team Ducati). Sobre el papel, un circuito de estas características podría favorecer el rendimiento de las monturas EVO, por lo que supone que la lucha por la victoria en la categoría debería estar más disputada que nunca. Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) volverá a estar en pista de nuevo, ya que el piloto francés se ha recuperado totalmente de su espectacular caída en Laguna Seca.

Clasificación (Ronda 9 de 12):
 1. Sykes 325; 2. Guintoli 281; 3. Rea 261; 4. Baz 253; 5. Melandri 217; 6. Davies 159; 7. Giugliano 153; 8. Elías 137; 9. Laverty 134; 10. Haslam 133; 11. Lowes 119; 12. Salom 88; 13. Canepa 51; 14. Camier 37; 15. Guarnoni 33; 16. Barrier 21; 17. Andreozzi 17; 18. Morais 17; 19. Scassa 16; 20. Foret 14; 21. Corti 13; 22. Staring 12; 23. Allerton 6; 24. Bos 5; 25. Goi 5; 26. Russo 5; 27. Pegram 2; 28. Toth 2; 29. Fabrizio 2; 30. Rizmayer 1; 31. Lanusse 1. Constructores: 1. Kawasaki 342; 2. Aprilia 318; 3. Honda 261; 4. Ducati 220; 5. Suzuki 200; 6. BMW 58; 7. MV Agusta 20; 8. EBR 2.

World Supersport

Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) tiene en Jerez una clara oportunidad de asegurar matemáticamente el título del Campeonato del Mundo FIM Supersport si su único rival,  Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), no consigue tres puntos más que él. El piloto de 21 años nacido en Gouda (Países Bajos) conserva una ventaja de 53 puntos en la clasificación provisional sobre el francés, cuando quedan tres carreras por disputarse y continúan en juego 75 puntos.


Cluzel también tiene un gran reto ante sí, ya que necesita ganar la carrera a cualquier precio y no puede permitirse un abandono que le dejaría fuera de la lucha por el título. Por otra parte, el tricampeón del mundo de la categoría Kenan Sofuoglu estrenará equipo y correrá lo que queda de temporada con la formación San Carlo Puccetti Racing, una decisión que ha llegado después de anunciarse la retirada del equipo Mahi Racing Team India.


Al mismo tiempo, hay varios pilotos que llegan en gran forma a Jerez y que intentarán aprovechar el impulso de la parte final de la temporada para terminar su campaña con buena nota. Así, Florian Marino (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki), Sofuoglu, Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport), Kev Coghlan (DMC-Panavto Yamaha), PJ Jacobsen (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki), Raffaele De Rosa (CIA Insurance Honda) y Roberto Rolfo (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) se encuentran muy cerca entre sí en la clasificación provisional, por lo que cada resultado puede cambiar drásticamente sus posiciones en la tabla de puntos.


Vladimir Leonov ha unido fuerzas al equipo ruso Rivamoto y volverá a la parrilla de WSS después de haberse perdido las últimas tres carreras por el abandono del campeonato del equipo en el que militaba, el equipo Yakhnich Motorsport.


Por otra parte, el ex piloto de WSS y campeón de la European Junior Cup, Matt Davies, hará su regreso a la categoría con el equipo AARK Racing, que también vuelve a WSS habiendo cambiado su material de Triumph a Honda.


Por último, el piloto local y actual líder del CEV en Superstock 600, Ferrán Casas hará su debut en el Campeonato del Mundo FIM Supersport con el equipo Torrento Yamaha, la misma escuadra con la que compite en el campeonato nacional español.


Clasificación (Ronda 8 de 11): 1. Vd Mark 160; 2. Cluzel 107; 3. Marino 93; 4. Sofuoglu 83; 5. Zanetti 80; 6. Coghlan 77; 7. Jacobsen 67; 8. De Rosa 67; 9. Rolfo 62; 10. Tamburini 48; 11. Kennedy 43; 12. Wilairot 35; 13. Bussolotti 30; 14. Wahr 26; 15. Russo 25; 16. Gamarino 22; 17. Menghi 20; 18. Nocco 20; 19. Leonov 15; 20. Gowland 9; 21. Roccoli 8; 22. Zaidi 7; 23. Coveña 7; 24. Schmitter 3; 25. Calero 3; 26. Debise 2; 27. Rogers 1. Constructores: 1. Honda 181; 2. Kawasaki 135; 3. MV Agusta 121; 4. Yamaha 87; 5. Triumph 9.

Superstock 1000

La victoria conseguida en Portugal por Lorenzo Savadori (Team Pedercini Kawasaki), su segunda consecutiva, llevaba al piloto italiano a lo más alto de la clasificación de la Copa FIM Superstock 1000 por un mínimo margen de cuatro puntos. Al mismo tiempo, el piloto que había liderado la tabla de puntos desde la primera carrera del año, Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Ducati), era sólo noveno en esa misma última salida de la categoría.


Con 50 puntos todavía por disputarse, aún hay diez pilotos que optan matemáticamente al título en 2014 y, como se ha visto en los últimos años en la categoría de Superstock 1000, cualquier cosa puede ocurrir.


Ondrej Jezek (Barni Racing Ducati) ha sido víctima de la mala suerte en más de una ocasión pero, si ésta sonríe el ganador de la prueba de Imola, podría realizar un gran fin de temporada. El piloto checo marcha actualmente en cuarta posición por detrás de Matthieu Lussiana (Team Garnier by ASPI Kawasaki).


Fabio Massei (EAB Racing Ducati) intentará mantener el impulso de una temporada en la que ha subido en dos ocasiones al podio. El joven piloto romano estará acompañado por el ex campeón de STK600 y piloto de WSS Jed Metcher, que hará su debut en la categoría sustituyendo a Alex Schacht.


Para Kyle Smith (Agro-On Wil Racedays Honda) hablar español fluido le podría valer cierto apoyo local en Jerez. Habiendo descorchado ya el Prosecco en el podio de Aragón, intentará repetir su actuación en Jerez del pasado año, cuando dominó la carrera de STK600 al manillar de una Honda.


Clasificación (Ronda 5 de 7):
 1. Savadori 83; 2. Mercado 79; 3. Lussiana 59; 4. Jezek 58; 5. Massei 54; 6. McFadden 54; 7. Lanusse 45; 8. Valk 44; 9. D’Annunzio 39; 10. Smith 35; 11. Day 32; 12. Nemeth 28; 13. Muresan 15; 14. Bergman 13; 15. Grotzkyj G. 10; 16. Pagaud 10; 17. Suchet 8; 18. Schacht 8; 19. Walraven 6; 20. Calia 4; 21. Castellarin 4; 22. Sandi 3; 23. Alviz 2; 24. Egea 2; 25. Moser 2; 26. Butti 1; 27. Alarcos 1; 28. Ayer 1. Constructores:1. Kawasaki 108; 2. Ducati 100; 3. Honda 51; 4. BMW 40; 5. Suzuki 6; 6. Aprilia 4.


Superstock 600

Marco Faccani acaricia ya la corona del Campeonato de Europa FIM Superstock 600 después de una temporada llena de éxitos en la que ha conseguido cuatro victorias. Siendo piloto del equipo que había ganado en 2013, la formación San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki, Faccani ha estado delante desde la primera carrera y ahora mantiene una ventaja de 34 puntos sobre su máximo rival, el holandés Wayne Tessels (Wayne’s Racing Team Suzuki), lo que podría asegurarle el título precisamente cuando la temporada se reanuda en Jerez.


Faccani puede permitirse el lujo incluso de acabar la carrera tercero por detrás de Tessels, estando el piloto de Suzuki obligado a ganar, y todavía proclamarse campeón. Resultará muy interesante comprobar cómo se plantea Faccani esta importante carrera en Jerez.


El otro piloto con posibilidades matemáticas de luchar todavía por el título es el finlandés Niki Tuuli (Kallio Racing Yamaha). El joven piloto hizo un prometedor debut en Assen para subir poco después al podio de Imola, pero una caída y un problema técnico en las dos últimas carreras le han dejado con una enorme desventaja de 48 puntos respecto a Faccani.


El compañero de equipo Faccani, Andrea Tucci, ya ha dado muestras de su potencial e intentará hacer un buen fin de temporada, al igual que los antiguos pilotos de la European Junior Cup Ilya Mikhalchik (Go Eleven Kawasaki) y Richard Bodis (Talmacsi Racing Honda), que se quedaron a las puertas del podio en Portugal.


Kevin Manfredi ha sido el piloto mejor clasificado de Honda esta temporada. No hay ninguna duda sobre su talento, aunque esta temporada ha mostrado cierta tendencia a desaprovechar buenas oportunidades en carrera.


Los pilotos italianos Stefano Casalotti (VFT Racing), que subió al podio en Imola, y Luca Salvadori (Team 10 Lap Kawasaki), que a pesar de ser muy rápido aún no lo ha hecho este año, también llegarán a Jerez con la motivación de terminar la temporada con buena nota.


Clasificación (Ronda 5 de 7)
: 1. Faccani 106; 2. Tessels 72; 3. Tuuli 58; 4. Tucci 55; 5. Caricasulo 46; 6. Salvadori 42; 7. Mikhalchik 40; 8. Manfredi 35; 9. Casalotti 27; 10. Duwelz 23; 11. Lahti 22; 12. Rinaldi 19; 13. Nestorovic 19; 14. Stirpe 16; 15. Zaccone 16; 16. Hartog 13; 17. Puffe 12; 18. Bodis 11; 19. Sabatino 11; 20. Morrentino 10; 21. Marchal 10; 22. Rouse 5; 23. Mercandelli 5; 24. Gobbi 5; 25. Lewis 5; 26. Pittet 5; 27. Zeelen 5; 28. Canducci 3; 29. Monti 2; 30. De Gruttola 1; 31. Patronen 1.

European Junior Cup

Cuando la “PATA European Junior Cup -powered by Honda-” se prepara para sus dos últimas citas de la temporada, dos pilotos –los dos españoles-, tienen posibilidades matemáticas de ganar la corona de este año.


El subcampeón del pasado año Augusto Fernández (Wil Sport) ha dominado claramente la temporada 2014, aunque no ha dejado de estar presionado por su compatriota Javier Orellana (Europ Food S.L.). Entre los dos pilotos españoles han ganado cinco de las seis carreras disputadas, con otro piloto español ganador en la carrera de Aragón, Marc Miralles.


Centrando la atención en el desenlace de la temporada, si la lucha por el título tendrá dos candidatos, la batalla por la victoria en la pista volverá a ser extremadamente disputada, ya que son varios los pilotos que aspiran a ocupar la tercera plaza final.


Clasificación (Ronda 6 de 8):
 1. A. Fernández 129; 2. Orellana 102; 3. Licciardi 64; 4. I. Fernández 63; 5. Miralles 62; 6. Hubner 51; 7. Perez 50; 8. Harland 47; 9. Soomer 42; 10. Grassia 35; etc.

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Sykes vence una frenética segunda carrera en Laguna Seca

Jul 14, 2014

Laguna Seca (California, EE.UU.), domingo 13 de julio de 2014 – Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) ha conseguido una sensacional victoria en la segunda carrera del Campeonato del Mundo eni FIM Superbike 2014 celebrada en el circuito Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, con la asistencia de 49.408 espectadores a lo largo del fin de semana.
Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) y Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) completaban el podio de una carrera que se detenía en dos ocasiones por las caídas del británico Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) y posteriormente del francés Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia).
Tom Sykes: “Quería ganar la segunda carrera. Obviamente, la primera ha resultado una gran decepción. Hicimos cambios en la moto para la segunda. La moto iba mejor y con las dos banderas rojas pudimos hacer algunos ajustes más. Qué puedo decir, tengo un fabuloso equipo trabajando conmigo. Espero que los que hayan visto la carrera por televisión hayan disfrutado tanto como yo. Esta es una forma genial de comenzar el verano. Esta noche podremos cenar una buena hamburguesa, al estilo de California”.
En la salida definitiva a sólo siete vueltas, Melandri tiraba con fuerza después de adelantar a Sykes, con Guintoli a rueda del británico mientras Toni Elías (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) presionaba a Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) por la cuarta plaza. Sólo unas vueltas después se producía la caída de Melandri en la curva 11.
Marco Melandri: “Hice una salida perfecta en la primera carrera, aunque estaba un poco preocupado porque Tom siempre tira fuerte. Cuando cometió el error en el Sacacorchos, vi que era el momento de tirar al límite. Rodé a mi ritmo y me mantuve concentrado, intentando evitar errores. La segunda carrera ha sido una pena. Cometí un par de fallos con la caja de cambios y pensé que tenía un problema. Me desconcentré y entré demasiado pasado en la última curva. Creo que podíamos haber ganado las dos carreras, pero estoy satisfecho de cómo hemos trabajado durante el fin de semana”.

Con Sykes primero y Guintoli intentando no perder su rueda, Elías rodaba tercero con Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) y Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) luchando por un lugar en el podio.
Finalmente, Sykes conseguiría la victoria, con Guintoli segundo y Rea tercero. Tras ellos Laverty se situaba cuarto después de rebasar a Elías. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) y Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) serían sexto y séptimo, respectivamente, mientras que David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team), mejor piloto de la categoría EVO, Alessandro Andreozzi (Team Pedercini) y Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) completaban la lista de los diez primeros.
Sylvain Guintoli: “Intenté conseguir todos los puntos que fuera posible, pero Tom es muy fuerte en una carrera tan corta. Sobre las dos banderas rojas, pensé que era cosa del destino, ya que ocurrió lo mismo el pasado año. En la primera reanudación Tom era muy rápido y yo sólo intentaba mantener su rueda, pero en sólo siete vueltas era muy difícil. Lo he intentado todo, pero nunca he estado en posición de poder atacarle. Una vez más he dado el máximo. Son dos buenos resultados, pero no es suficiente para mí. Tenemos que trabajar durante el paréntesis del verano para volver siendo realmente fuertes”.
En la clasificación provisional del campeonato Tom Sykes continúa líder con 325 puntos, seguido por Sylvain Guintoli con 281 y Jonathan Rea con 261. La décima cita del Campeonato del Mundo eni FIM Superbike 2014 tendrá lugar el próximo 7 de septiembre en el circuito español de Jerez de la Frontera.
Resultados: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 7 Vueltas/25.270 km en 9’51.346 media 153.839 km/h; 2. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1.014; 3. Rea (Honda) 2.793; 4. Laverty (Suzuki) 3.681; 5. Elias (Aprilia) 4.165; 6. Baz (Kawasaki) 7.160; 7. Haslam (Honda) 7.331; 8. Salom (Kawasaki) 15.061; 9. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 15.674; 10. Camier (MV Agusta) 17.015; 11. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 18.338; 12. Staring (Kawasaki) 19.270; 13. Morais (Kawasaki) 20.040; 14. Pegram (EBR) 23.845; 15. Rizmayer (BMW) 25.592; 16. May (EBR) 26.688; 17. Ulrich (Honda) 31.893.

Clasificación (Ronda 9 de 13): 1. Sykes 325; 2. Guintoli 281; 3. Rea 261; 4. Baz 253; 5. Melandri 217; 6. Davies 159; 7. Giugliano 153; 8. Elias 137; 9. Laverty 134; 10. Haslam 133; 11. Lowes 119; 12. Salom 88; 13. Canepa 51; 14. Camier 37; 15. Guarnoni 33; 16. Barrier 21; 17. Andreozzi 17; 18. Morais 17; 19. Scassa 16; 20. Foret 14; 21. Corti 13; 22. Staring 12; 23. Allerton 6; 24. Bos 5; 25. Goi 5; 26. Russo 5; 27. Pegram 2; 28. Toth 2; 29. Fabrizio 2; 30. Rizmayer 1; 31. Lanusse 1. Constructores: 1. Kawasaki 342; 2. Aprilia 318; 3. Honda 261; 4. Ducati 220; 5. Suzuki 200; 6. BMW 58; 7. MV Agusta 20; 8. EBR 2.

 

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Victoria de Marco Melandri en la primera carrera de WSBK en Laguna Seca

Jul 13, 2014

Laguna Seca (California, EE.UU.), domingo 13 de julio de 2014 – Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) ha sido el ganador de la primera carrera del Campeonato del Mundo eni FIM Superbike 2014 en el circuito Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, acompañado en el podio por su compañero de equipo Sylvain Guintoli y el campeón en título de World Superbike Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team).
En la salida Sykes llegaba líder a la primera curva seguido por Guintoli, Melandri y Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team), con el piloto de Kawasaki cometiendo un mínimo error en el Sacacorchos que el obligaba a trazar la segunda parte fuera del asfalto. En ese momento era Melandri quien tomaba la iniciativa con Guintoli a su rueda, mientras que instantes después se producía la violenta caída de Davies.
Sykes conseguía alcanzar la rueda de los pilotos oficiales de Aprilia, seguido el trío de cabeza a poco más de un segundo por Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team), Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike), su compañero de equipo Jonathan Rea, Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) y el español Toni Elías (Red Devils Roma Aprilia).
Según avanzaba la carrera Melandri y Guintoli se despegaban de Sykes al tiempo que Giugliano alcanzaba la rueda de éste, pero se pasaba de frenada en el Sacacorchos y perdía el terreno ganado en las vueltas anteriores. En esos momentos Laverty sufría una salida de pista y Elías rodaba sexto por detrás de Haslam. A menos de diez vueltas para el final, el español superaba al británico para ser quinto. Elías tiraría con fuerza para alcanzar la rueda de Giugliano en las últimas vueltas, entrando en meta sólo una fracción de segundo por detrás del italiano.
La carrera en solitario de Melandri dejaba sin oportunidades a Guintoli a más de tres segundos, con Sykes a más de siete en la última vuelta. Ése sería el orden final en línea de meta, con Giugliano, Elías y Rea en las seis primeras plazas y Haslam, Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) y su compañero de equipo David Salom, mejor clasificado de la categoría EVO, completando los diez primeros.
La segunda salida del día para los pilotos de World Superbike en Laguna Seca está programada a las 16:30 hora local (23:45 en España).
Resultados: 1. Melandri (Aprilia) 25 Vueltas/90.250 km en 35’07.782 media 154.143 km/h; 2. Guintoli (Aprilia) 0.905; 3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 6.627; 4. Giugliano (Ducati) 13.574; 5. Elias (Aprilia) 13.855; 6. Rea (Honda) 15.575; 7. Haslam (Honda) 18.820; 8. Lowes (Suzuki) 20.184; 9. Baz (Kawasaki) 34.479; 10. Salom (Kawasaki) 37.463; 11. Canepa (Ducati) 45.440; 12. Barrier (BMW) 47.538; 13. Staring (Kawasaki) 49.750; 14. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 55.420; 15. Camier (MV Agusta) 58.449; 16. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1’08.922; 17. Rizmayer (BMW) 1’17.853; 18. May (EBR) 1’18.084; 19. Ulrich (Honda) 1 Vuelta; 20. Morais (Kawasaki) 3 Vueltas.

 

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Victoria de Tom Sykes en la primera carrera de WSBK en Portimao

Jul 13, 2014

Portimao (Portugal), domingo 6 de julio de 2014 – Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) ha sido el ganador de la primera salida del Campeonato del Mundo eni FIM Superbike 2014 en el Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, consiguiendo la victoria después de dominar la carrera y con Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) y Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) completando el podio por ese orden.
En la salida el primer líder era Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike), seguido por Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team), el propio Sykes, Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team), Guintoli y Baz. Melandri y Sykes no perdían la rueda de Rea, con Baz cuarto poco después y tirando del grupo en el que inicialmente también estaban Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) y su compañero de equipo Alex Lowes.
Con el paso de las primeras vueltas el segundo grupo conseguiría alcanzar la rueda del primero, en el que Melandri y Sykes pasaban a Rea y el campeón el título tomaba la iniciativa como nuevo líder de carrera. En la sexta vuelta se producía la caída del español Toni Elías (Red Devils Roma). Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) y Davies le seguirían de forma conjunta en la duodécima y una después Peter Sebestyen (BMW Team Toth) sufría un problema mecánico.
Con una ventaja superior a dos segundos en la primera plaza, Sykes afrontaba las últimas vueltas controlando a sus rivales para conseguir una nueva victoria, acompañado finalmente en el podio por Guintoli y Baz después de una espectacular lucha con Melandri en la que Rea terminaba perdiendo terreno. En ese orden entrarían en meta, con Lowes, Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) y Laverty completando la lista de los ocho primeros.
En la categoría EVO el mejor clasificado era David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) en la novena plaza general, después de una emocionante lucha al límite con Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia), décimo.
La segunda carrera del día para los pilotos de World Superbike en Portimao está programada a las 15:00 hora local (una hora más en España).
Resultados: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 20 Vueltas/91.840 km en 34’45.568 media 158.529 km/h; 2. Guintoli (Aprilia) 2.539; 3. Baz (Kawasaki) 3.175; 4. Melandri (Aprilia) 4.042; 5. Rea (Honda) 7.791; 6. Lowes (Suzuki) 14.772; 7. Giugliano (Ducati) 14.877; 8. Laverty (Suzuki) 14.941; 9. Salom (Kawasaki) 26.018; 10. Barrier (BMW) 26.032; 11. Haslam (Honda) 33.041; 12. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 38.385; 13. Canepa (Ducati) 42.237; 14. Russo (Kawasaki) 47.908; 15. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1’03.502; 16. Yates (EBR) 1 Vuelta; 17. Rizmayer (BMW) 1 Vuelta.

 

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Sykes gana en Italia

Jun 23, 2014

Misano (Italia), domingo 22 de junio 2014 – Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), que se ha impuesto esta mañana en la primera carrera del Campeonato del Mundo eni FIM Superbike 2014 en el circuito el Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli, también ha dominado la segunda manga esta tarde con una cómoda ventaja sobre su compañero de equipo Loris Baz y Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team), que han protagonizado una dura batalla en las vueltas finales, mientras que Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) se tuvo que conformar con la cuarta plaza.
El vigente campeón del mundo, que partía desde la pole position, ha completado en Misano la tercera doble victoria de la temporada tras las logradas en Aragón y Donington Park.
Por detrás de los cuatro primeros pilotos clasificados también ha habido una interesante pelea entre Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), que ha logrado la quinta posición por delante de Toni Elías (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) y Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), que fue octavo.
Para Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) la segunda carrera ha terminado casi antes de comenzar, porque el piloto italiano se había movido antes de que el semáforo se apagara y ha sido sancionado con un ride through por su error, terminando noveno. Chaz Davies, su compañero de equipo en Ducati, ha sufrido una caída en la quinta vuelta.
Una vez más el honor de ser el mejor piloto de la categoría EVO ha recaído en David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team), a pesar de la valiente carrera de Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) en su regreso a la competición.
Resultados: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 21 Vueltas/88.746 km en 33’55.695 media 156.942 km/h; 2. Baz (Kawasaki) 3.083; 3. Melandri (Aprilia) 3.413; 4. Guintoli (Aprilia) 5.092; 5. Rea (Honda) 18.975; 6. Elias (Aprilia) 19.365; 7. Laverty (Suzuki) 20.177; 8. Lowes (Suzuki) 20.439; 9. Giugliano (Ducati) 33.820; 10. Salom (Kawasaki) 42.156; 11. Barrier (BMW) 43.581; 12. Haslam (Honda) 51.993; 13. Goi (Ducati) 53.714; 14. Russo (Kawasaki) 59.316; 15. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1’00.914; 16. Canepa (Ducati) 1’01.839; 17. Corti (MV Agusta) 1’07.178; 18. Staring (Kawasaki) 1’13.510; 19. Sebestyen (BMW) 1’31.715; RT. Guarnoni (Kawasaki); RT. May (EBR); RT. Davies (Ducati); RT. Morais (Kawasaki); NS. Baiocco (Ducati); NS. Foret (Kawasaki); SH.
Clasificación (Prueba 7 of 13): 1. Sykes 251; 2. Guintoli 212; 3. Baz 210; 4. Rea 199; 5. Melandri 179; 6. Davies 143; 7. Giugliano 111; 8. Elias 109; 9. Laverty 106; 10. Haslam 99; 11. Lowes 88; 12. Salom 67; 13. Canepa 43; 14. Camier 30; 15. Guarnoni 19; 16. Scassa 16; 17. Foret 14; 18. Corti 13; 19. Morais 10; 20. Andreozzi 9; 21. Barrier 6; 22. Allerton 6; 23. Bos 5; 24. Goi 5; 25. Staring 3; 26. Russo 2; 27. Toth 2; 28. Fabrizio 2; 29. Lanusse 1. Constructores:1. Kawasaki 266; 2. Aprilia 244; 3. Honda 199; 4. Ducati 178; 5. Suzuki 156; 6. BMW 42; 7. MV Agusta 13.
World Supersport
Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), que partía desde la pole position, ha vencido en la carrera del Campeonato del Mundo FIM Supersport celebrada esta mañana en el Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli después de un apretado final con Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team). La tercera posición ha sido para PJ Jacobsen (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres), que ha subido por primera vez al podio del campeonato.
Resultados: 1. Cluzel (MV Agusta) 19 Vueltas/80.294 km en 31’40.587 media 152.089 hm/h; 2. Vd Mark (Honda) 1.537; 3. Jacobsen (Kawasaki) 3.400; 4. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 5.638; 5. Tamburini (Kawasaki) 9.923; 6. Zanetti (Honda) 11.018; 7. Marino (Kawasaki) 14.714; 8. Coghlan (Yamaha) 17.365; 9. Wilairot (Honda) 21.337; 10. Rolfo (Kawasaki) 22.215; 11. Nocco (Kawasaki) 22.407; 12. Kennedy (Honda) 22.641; 13. Wahr (Yamaha) 28.443; 14. Roccoli (MV Agusta) 30.202; 15. Gamarino (Kawasaki) 33.760; etc.


Clasificación (Round 7 de 12):
 1. Vd Mark 135; 2. Cluzel 107; 3. Marino 85; 4. Zanetti 70; 5. Coghlan 68; 6. Sofuoglu 67; 7. Jacobsen 56; 8. Rolfo 55; 9. De Rosa 54; 10. Tamburini 48; 11. Wilairot 30; 12. Bussolotti 27; 13. Wahr 26; 14. Russo 25; 15. Kennedy 23; 16. Gamarino 22; 17. Menghi 19; 18. Nocco 16; 19. Leonov 15; 20. Gowland 9; 21. Zaidi 7; 22. Coveña 7; 23. Schmitter 3; 24. Calero 3; 25. Roccoli 2; 26. Rogers 1. Constructores: 1. Honda 156; 2. Kawasaki 119; 3. MV Agusta 115; 4. Yamaha 78; 5. Triumph 9.

 

Fuente y Foto: www.worldsbk.com

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Jun 9, 2014

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 9, 2014) – KWR/Millennium Technologies’ Kyle Wyman was a man on a mission at the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader.

The 24-year-old entered Round 2 of the AMA Pro Road Racing season at Road America this past weekend still stewing from the disappointment of his finish in the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Back in March, it appeared Wyman had earned his third Daytona Harley-Davidson victory and had done so in thrilling fashion. However, he was later disqualified when it was determined his XR1200 had non-compliant and improperly modified engine components.

That setback only fueled Wyman’s fire and he was determined to put himself back on top of the box when the season resumed in Elkhart Lake, Wis.The field was stacked with gifted and hungry riders, but he simply would not be denied.

Wyman kept himself positioned near the front of the pack and braved an attempted slingshot pass from an opponent when he chose to lead up the hill the final time in the sprint to the checkered flag. It was a strategy that had worked in his favor in his 2012 victory at the track, and it did so again on Sunday – by a meager 0.033-second margin.

 

“I was seeing red, basically,” said Wyman. “I had a lot of time to think about Daytona. So far I’m two-for-two on crossing the line first, so I’ll take that. … I’m really happy to have redeemed myself in that fashion. … I’m just really happy to get up here for Millennium Technologies at their home race, and to redeem myself from Daytona, and get maximum points.”

 

On his tactics, Wyman said he was thinking back to his last victory in Wisconsin.

 

“That’s how I did it in 2012,” said Wyman. “I led out of the last corner to the line. I feel the last segment is one of my strong points. That was kind of the plan from the get-go, as long as I could keep myself toward the front.

 

“I saw Tyler (O’Hara) coming so I didn’t know how things were going to shake out because you can easily get shuffled to fourth like nothing. The strategy was to lead so if I just consciously passed whoever was in front of me and tried to go as fast as I could and stay in front of everybody, the strategy didn’t have to change on the last lap. It was just, go.”

 

O’Hara was coming, indeed.  The 2014 title leader looked to have been erased from contention for a victory on lap four. He was hot in pursuit of the 2013 race and series champion, Suburban Motors’ Steve Rapp, when his race was upended.

 

Early-leader Rapp had the back half of the circuit absolutely dialed, allowing him to consistently open up a substantial gap in that section. However, the chasing pack would gobble his advantage back up by working together in the draft down the home straight and in the run down into Turn 5.

 

On lap four, Ruthless Racing’s Danny Eslick decided it was time to take away Rapp’s open air, diving into the lead entering Turn 1. Rapp lost the front and hit the deck moments later while surrounded by the remainder of the lead pack.

 

Besides Rapp, Josh Chisum Racing/Bartels Harley-Davidson’s O’Hara got the worst of the incident as he was forced to take evasive action to avoid hitting the downed champ.

 

This turn of events left Wyman, Eslick, and Rapp’s teammate, Ben Carlson, all alone up front with O’Hara nearly four seconds back.

 

However, O’Hara took advantage of the titanic battle for the lead and ran the lead group back down, setting up a four-man melee on the race’s final lap. O’Hara moved into a podium position but was ultimately shuffled back to fourth, his hard work not rewarded with a change the final points tally.

 

Eslick finished a close runner-up, missing out on the win by just fractions of a second. It was an impressive effort nonetheless, as the Oklahoman missed Saturday qualifying following a hard fall in the day’s GoPro Daytona SportBike race. He qualified just tenth-best in the cold morning session but blasted his way to the front of the pack, and very nearly the win.

 

“Man, I had it set up there at the end to draft (by) him at the line, but I think (I hit) the limiter like three times on that last shift,” Eslick said. “That’s all it takes; everybody’s bikes are pretty evenly matched so you mess up that one little bit, miss a shift by just that much and you’re going to lose out.

 

“The race was a lot of fun. It’s not been the best weekend for me here. Daytona was awesome but here we’ve hit the ground, destroyed a bike, cost the team a whole bunch of money, and beat myself up. So it was nice to get out there and have a little bit of fun and get on the podium.”

 

Carlson actually led across the line to take the white flag first. However, he was dropped back to fourth momentarily as the leaders fought for position. The Wisconsin native managed to move back into third by the lap’s conclusion to secure his second consecutive home-race podium.

 

The third place finisher later admitted he knew O’Hara was on the charge.

 

“I knew he was coming,” said Carlson. “I looked back once coming into (Turn) 5 and saw he was coming. Our pace, because we were going back and forth and passing, I kind of figured he’d catch us. So, yeah, I knew he was there. And actually, he got ahead of me but Kyle took him wide going into Canada Corner. Good race. I had fun.”

 

Daytona runner-up Gage McAllister on the Folsom Harley-Davidson entry edged Thunder Roads Magazine’s Ryan Kerr and Chili Pepper Racing’s Hayden Schultz for fifth. As a result, McCallister still sits second in the points, seven behind O’Hara and one up on Eslick.

 

Level 10/Peter Brady Racing’s Eric Stump, third Suburban entry Nick Hansen and O’Hara’s teammate, Josh Chisum, completed the top ten.

 

Next Race

 

Round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season, the Triumph SuperBike Classic, will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., June 21-22.

Source: AMA Pro Racing

Photography: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike recap: Road America

Jun 5, 2014

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 5, 2014) – The 2014 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike races at Road America will be remembered as a big step in the career of Jake Gagne.

The Californian had won a race and a pole before in the class and finished second in points last year, but this past weekend, the former Red Bull Rookies Cup champion dominated like never before.

 

Gagne, 21, won the pole at both races at Elkhart Lake and did so at a blistering pace.

 

“It was a perfect weekend and I’m really stoked,” said Gagne. “To come out of here with pole and two wins, I couldn’t ask for anything better for the whole RoadRace Factory/Red Bull crew. They have been working hard since Daytona.”

 

The former youth motocrosser who first raced on pavement in 2008, enjoyed a strong 2013, but his AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike campaign was overshadowed by the dominance of champion Cameron Beaubier. Gagne also enjoyed some solid performances in Europe before coming stateside for AMA Pro, so the paddock knew he was a contender. The twists and turns at Road America seemed to play into Gagne’s strengths.

 

Three riders bettered Beaubier’s qualifying mark from last year and Gagne, who qualified second in 2013, shaved nearly two seconds off his previous best lap in this year’s sessions. The RoadRace Factory/Red Bull pilot’s mark of 2:18.647 topped Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff by two tenths. Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Dane Westby joined them on the front row, lurking just under a second behind Gagne on the time charts.

 

Race 1 saw Gagne get the holeshot ahead of Gerloff and Castrol/Triumph/Sportbike Track Time’s Jason DiSalvo.  Gagne built a strong lead, and by the time the first circuit was completed, was free to run clear laps.

 

However, his advantage disappeared with a red flag that waved while he worked lap 10 due to Joe Roberts’ crash on his M4 Motorcycle Road Racing Honda. Roberts suffered a hand injury and was unable to race Sunday. Essentially, Gagne would have to win the race twice.

 

The restart and resulting three-lap shootout made Gagne feel challenges from rivals who previously had seen their chances at a win slip away. Jake Lewis on the MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha YZF-R6 jumped to the front, but Gagne was able to retake the lead and pull a bit of a gap to win it.

“The first part of the race we were just clicking off laps,” said Gagne on Saturday. “We were a little bummed when we heard it was going to be a three-lap dash after the red flag. I knew the guys would be back up there on me. Jake and Garrett both made some moves. Going into the last lap, I tried to get a clean, strong lap.”

 

On Sunday, Gagne continued his excellence. After the initial race was red-flagged early when Gerloff crashed, Gagne shook off Westby and JD Beach on his Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha to pull away to win by 12.209 seconds. Gagne did the “Superman” as he crossed the line the final time.

 

“We made some pretty significant changes for Sunday,” said Gagne. “I thought it improved the bike.”

 

Gagne finally made a mistake after the races were won. He dropped the bike turning around in the grass as he headed for victory circle.

 

“I jumped off the bike so it was pretty clean. It might have bent a clip-on. I think the guys are all right with it,” he laughed.

 

Beach had a great weekend, earning third and second in just his second weekend with the Factory Yamaha team. The dirt-tracker came up big to run in the podium positions. On Saturday, he seemed to get better as the race wore on. On Sunday, Beach fought an early battle with Gagne and challenged Westby late. He showed he isn’t content to let Gerloff position himself as team leader just yet.

 

“It feels good to get second here at Road America, but it would feel even better if I’d won,” said Beach on Sunday. “Jake rode a great race and pulled a pretty big gap on Dane and me. I’m glad to be on the podium. My team and I are improving with each race, so I’m really happy with our progress.”

 

Many of the top riders in the class saw a similar theme – one strong race, but another with struggles – in Wisconsin. Some class protagonists found themselves by the side of the track instead of in the action.

 

Gerloff had a wild weekend. The Texan had a big crash in qualifying that left his team scrambling to get his bike prepared for the race. Gerloff took the rebuilt machine to second in a gutsy ride.

 

“My Y.E.S. team had to totally rebuild the bike for me after my crash this morning, and they did a great job getting it race-ready in a very short amount of time,” he said after his performance on Saturday. “We weren’t able to get in any practice laps since the race followed right after qualifying, so I wasn’t sure what I had. The front-end felt a little different, so I had to adjust to the change and just concentrate on my lap times. The restart helped me because my team was able to adjust the front suspension and get me a little more comfortable. It was a big improvement, and I’m really happy to finish second, although I wish I’d won.”

 

On Sunday, an early crash netted Gerloff a trip in the ambulance, but he was cleared of a suspected concussion.

 

Westby had a similar event Saturday. The Oklahoman had made a push to second place on the final lap before he had a mechanical issue. It was tough to stomach after a Daytona crash thwarted another shot at the podium.

 

Westby was able to rebound to third on Sunday, charging after a so-so start to pass Beach before “calling off the dogs” when a few drops of the wet stuff began to fall.

 

“It is absolutely amazing and a huge weight off my shoulders,” said Westby after the weekend was in the books. “After pilot error at Daytona and a component conflict (Saturday) … when you put together a team like we have done, you obviously want to produce results. We were able to come through, and there is more coming in future races. Today, I felt the wisest decision was to stay on the podium and let the guys go when it started raining. I wish it had been a really good battle to the finish, but that’s how it goes. The team did a great job on the little Yamalube bike and I’m glad it paid off today. We have a really cool thing going and it was a super weekend with all the fans coming out to a great track.”

 

Danny Eslick had a similar one good, one bad tale to tell. Eslick had a scary crash early in Race 1, a rare occurrence for the Oklahoman.

 

“I’m a little bit beat up, banged up, bruised, but my pride’s probably hurt more than any of it,” said Eslick. “I think it was 2008 since I’ve last crashed out of a race. It’s a bit of a disappointment for me, that was a pretty good run I had going there.”

 

But, on Sunday, Eslick took a solid fourth on his Riders Discount Racing Triumph, unable to run with Beach and Westby but clear of the battle behind him.

 

“I was just trying to salvage the best finish I could and stay in line for the championship,” he said.

 

A similar fate met Jake Lewis. Lewis took full advantage of the red flag to lead briefly on the restart before eventually finishing fourth. That moved the fast teenager into a tie with Eslick in points. Sunday, however, saw him fall behind Gerloff’s crash. His team’s mad scramble to repair the damage got him back in the race but well behind the leaders. He moved up to 14th at the checkered flag, but it was an impossible task to earn much more for the Kentuckian.

 

DiSalvo rode in the lead pack on Saturday and earned a solid fifth, less than five seconds back. The New Yorker showed plenty of fight but couldn’t keep up the pace at the front. DiSalvo did not finish the race on Sunday, completing only nine laps.

 

RoadRace Factory/Red Bull’s Tomas Puerta showed impressive speed both days. The young Colombian fought in a tough pack inside the top ten both days, taking seventh on Saturday and his best AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike result yet when the reigning AMA Pro SuperSport champ earned fifth on Sunday.

 

Blake Young took advantage of the late red flag Saturday to gain positions. The GN Gonzalez Racing pilot and local Wisconsin favorite earned sixth after charging through the field following the restart. Sunday, he was tenth.

 

Kyle Wyman was consistently good in Wisconsin, earning two eighth place results on his Kyle Wyman Racing Yamaha.

 

Steve Rapp on his D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph machine earned seventh on Sunday after issues on Saturday. For Rapp and other Triumph pilots, such as Castrol/Triumph/Apex Manufacturing’s Elena Myers and Latus Motors/Castrol/Triumph Racing’s Bobby Fong, the weekend seemed to give mixed results after early promise. Triumph swept the second row of the grid at Road America but missed out on the podium.

 

Team H35’s Benny Solis earned two top-tens as a result of his battling in the pack that included Puerta and Young. Sixth and ninth were his results. That netted Solis tenth in points heading into Barber Motorsports Park.

 

Jake Zemke and Tuned Racing’s Bryce Prince also earned top tens at Road America.

 

“Of all the guys I was around, I think my bike worked better in the corners,” said the veteran Zemke. “We’re just fighting an uphill battle and are unfortunately down a little bit. We’re maximizing the positives of the bike currently. We have half the puzzle figured out, so we just need the other half now.”

 

Gagne now leads the championship standings with an even 100 and holds a 22-point advantage over Eslick, who sits at 78. Eslick will try to close that gap later this month when AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike heads to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., June 21 and 22. After the long straights and fast corners of Road America, Gagne and the rest of the field will face a much different challenge at another great circuit.

 

GoPro Daytona SportBike yearend point fund

  1.       Jake Gagne
  2.       Danny Eslick
  3.       Jake Lewis
  4.       Garrett Gerloff
  5.       JD Beach

Sunoco “Go the distance” award

Leader – JD Beach (706.5 miles)

 

Saddlemen Rookie of the Year award

Leader – Tomas Puerta

 

Next Race

Round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season, the Triumph SuperBike Classic, will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., June 21-22.

 

Source & Photo: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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